On Wednesday 14th September 2016 a day trip was undertaken to Dublin as part of the 'Decade of Anniversaries'. First was a visit to Kilmainham Jail where we had a guided tour of the prison and museum. After lunch at the Kilmainham Hilton we where joined by our guides for the remainder of the day and we then travelled to Islandbridge and the War Memorial Gardens. Finally we enjoyed a walking tour of central Dublin and its historic sites before travelling home
Carolyn Shapiro on the far right of the photo had recently been in touch with Castlecaulfield Presbyterian Church enquiring after her great great grandfather William Kennedy who had left ireland in 1840. The Church got in touch with the Society and we carried out an investigation into where William Kennedy may have come from.
I am delighted to report that we traced William to the townland of Dristernan and more particularly a farm formerly occupied by the late Bobby Doherty. Indeed it appears we may have found William's father, James who appears as Leasee of the land in 1815 and was a Registered Freeholder in 1796. The Society also discovered baptismal records in St Michael's Castlecaulfield and Lower Clonaneese Presbyterian Church.
After visiting the surrounding area the family were delighted to visit the farm in Dristernan with the kind permission of local man Pat Quinn. It is hoped we will keep in contact with Carolyn and her family and perhaps find more ancestors.
A big thank you to local historian Plunkett Nugent for his excellent talk on Pte William Tally Mallon (1899-1917) of the 69th Infantry Regiment of the US Army.
Once again there was an excellent turn out with both local people and some welcome visitors from fellow Historical Societies. Plunkett explained how he had been fascinated to find out the background to William Tally Mallon after first finding the grave as a boy in the cemetery at Galbally.
Many years and hours of research has revealed much of Williams life and family both locally in Tyrone and of course the United States.
We heard the details of his final battle at Ourcq near Seringes-et-Nesles, France and how he was killed by the bullet of a German sniper. Plunkett's research continues and it is hoped that he will publish a book in the not to distant future.